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What Are the Most Common Accidents That Cause Burn Injuries?

Structural fires, workplace fires, motor vehicle accidents, and chemical exposures are some of the most common types of accidents that can cause burn injuries. In some cases, they are the result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions.

At Salamati Law, we know that a burn injury can derail your life, rendering you unable to work and leaving you with sky-high medical bills, permanent disfigurement, and significant physical pain. If this has happened to you or a family member, our Los Angeles burn injury lawyers can review your case free of charge. We can determine if someone else may be held legally liable for your losses. Our cases involve all types of accidents that cause burn injuries– including workplace fires, structural fires, and motor vehicle accidents.

Structural fires

The Insurance Information Institute reports that a structural fire occurred every 63 seconds in the U.S. during 2018—and this number is not unique to that particular year. Homeowners are responsible for taking reasonable measures to prevent fires in their homes—for example, by continually monitoring open flames. However, if you sustained burn injuries in a structural fire that occurred in someone else’s home or in a rented building, you may have the basis for pursuing legal recourse. It’s possible that negligence played a role. For example, the landlord may have failed to install smoke alarms. Talk to a burn injury lawyer to find out about your legal options.

Workplace fires

Workers have a right to a workplace that is safe, yet thousands of fires occur in office buildings and other commercial spaces every year. While some of these fires may be difficult to prevent, others are the result of negligence—e.g., the building owner may have failed to install sprinkler systems. They might have also failed to have the heating system routinely inspected. In other cases, another party may be to blame. For instance, an electrician, in your office building, may have installed the wiring improperly, sparking an electrical fire.

If your injuries were the result of a workplace fire, consider talking to a personal injury attorney. We can review your case to determine if negligence has played a role. In some situations, injured workers may be entitled to damages above and beyond workers’ compensation.

Motor vehicle accidents

A collision is more likely to result in catastrophic burn injuries. The most dramatic cause is if the car catches fire or explodes. However, an injury may also result from scalding oil or a live electrical current. Contact with hot metal, steam escaping a damaged radiator, or contact with other heated components can result in a burn. It’s even possible for the deployment of an airbag to result in burn injuries since it results in an exothermic reaction and may also release alkali chemicals.

When reviewing these cases, a lawyer can determine if negligence played a role. For example, a burn may have been caused by toxic chemicals from an overturned big rig. If the truck driver was asleep at the wheel or otherwise negligent, a lawsuit may be filed. Similarly, manufacturers of vehicle components may be negligent in the design or manufacture of defective parts.

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Have you or a loved one been the victim of burn injuries? At Salamati Law, we believe in holding negligent parties responsible for the consequences of their actions. We’ll fight for your rights—including your right to compensation for your losses.

If your serious burn injuries were the result of a car accident, premises liability incident, workplace accident, or a similar event– and someone else might be to blame, get in touch with our team of Los Angeles burn injury lawyers. The initial consultation is always free, and we work on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay a legal fee unless we win.

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